Big day out as the Bothwell Bucks beat them all


GLORIOUS weather greeted the Southern Cricket Association’s grand finals played today (March 16th). With four local teams in the big games, we were hoping to see some silverware make its way back to the local clubs. Out of the four teams, two have now been crowned this years premiers in their respective grades. The two victorious teams were both from the Bothwell Cricket Club, with the Bucks teams taking out both the 3rd and 7th grade titles. Read on for the match reports.

NEW NORFOLK – 3rd Grade 50-over format: New Norfolk 10/134 (46.5 overs) was defeated by Bothwell 6/138 (24.3 overs). New Norfolk welcomed Bothwell to Tynwald Park for what was anticipated to be a ripping grand final. It’s pleasing to see what were undoubtedly the two best teams of the season play off in the big game. The Redcaps batted first and saw a determined Bucks team pounce on everything in the field to limit run opportunities. Opener Jake King played an extremely safe and patient innings whilst wickets fell around him to finish once again as the Redcaps’ top scorer with 58. King saw five wickets fall while he was out in the middle before the Bucks took his wicket through a good reflex catch. King had seen the Redcaps move to a score of 100 at that point. With very little in the way of batting performances from the Redcaps, they found themselves all out for 134. With the ball, Tom Blackwell was the only bowler to grab two wickets in a trying innings for the Redcap bowlers. The Bucks glided home for the premiership in fewer than half their allocated overs, losing six wickets. See more in the Bothwell report below. Batting: J. King 58 from 113, T. Blackwell 18 from 21. Bowling: T. Blackwell 2 for 29 from 3, D. Mitchelmore 1 for 19 from 3. Most valuable player: Blake Mayne (Bothwell).

GRETNA – 3rd Grade 50-over format: Gretna 10/147 (48.5 overs) was defeated by Sorell 6/148 (39.4 overs). Gretna 1 took the long road to get to the grand final but they made it. With some great wins during the year, Gretna was hoping to harness a lot of the fine form and talent the team has shown throughout the season in the big dance against Sorell at Sorell today. Batting first, Gretna found itself all out for 147. Finding it hard to score against Sorell, there were few batting performances to share the load. Opener Mathew Burns again showed class and poise to top-score with 36 and captain Brad Wallis chipped in with 26. With the ball and trying to defend a low total, Corey Ransley had good bowling figures taking three wickets for just 20 off his full 10 overs. Sorell maintained a constant flow of runs to take the premiership in the 40th over. The player of the match from Sorell, Todd Rusher, took an incredible six wickets bowling. Batting: M. Burns 36 from 67, B. Wallis 26 from 44. Bowling: C. Ransley 3 for 20 from 10, T. Grant 2 for 42 from 10.

BOTHWELL – 3rd Grade 50-over format: Bothwell 6/138 (24.3 overs) defeated New Norfolk 10/134 (46.5 overs). As described above, in a highly anticipated grand final between the two best teams in the SCA 3rd Grade competition for 2023/24, Bothwell met New Norfolk at Tynwald Park today. The Bucks had finished the roster games and the semi-finals in some serious form and bought that form through to today’s grand final. Bowling and fielding first, the Bucks bowlers had some economical figures and in the field reduced the Redcaps chances of making runs. Blake Mayne continued his super form with cracking bowling figures of three for just 16 from his full 10 overs. To the cap off a player-of-the-match performance, Mayne with the bat scored 29 from 27 balls to cap off a great grand final performance. Josh Eyles top-scored with the bat for the Bucks, smashing a quickfire 37 from just 20 balls to push the Bucks to just 15 runs short of the required runs needed for the win. With the Bucks travelling back to Bothwell with the trophy to link up with their victorious 7th Grade team (see below). I’m sure it is a great night at the Bothwell Cricket Club. Batting: J. Eyles 37 from 20, B. Mayne 29 from 27. Bowling: B. Mayne 3 for 16 from 10, N. Eyles 2 for 12 from 7. Most valuable player: Blake Mayne (Bothwell)

BOTHWELL – 7rd Grade 40-over format: Bothwell 9/172 (39.3 overs) defeated Knights 8/169 (40 overs). In pleasing signs for the strength of cricket up at Bothwell, the second Bucks team also played off in the grand final today, hosting Knights front of a good-sized crowd at Bothwell. To cement how good the Bothwell Cricket Club is travelling at the moment, both teams brought home the silverware for the 2023/24 season.

Tim Warden.

The visitors batted first and although losing eight wickets they saw out their full 40 overs, putting 169 on the board. Brayden Clark snagged three of those wickets for the Bucks. In the chase, the Bucks left it to the last minute to take the win, gaining the winning runs with just three balls left in the game.

Tim Warden scored the winning runs with a nice four to cap off his top-scoring 47 not out innings. This match-winning innings from Warden earned him the player of the match award. Batting: T. Warden 47 from 41 (not out), J. Eyles 38 from 62. Bowling: B. Clark 3 for 17 from 6, A. Rolls 2 for 31 from 6.

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